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Old 06-03-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots

The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots

June 02, 2009 6:58 PM

ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report: The other day we heard a comment from a White House aide that never would have been uttered during the primaries or general election campaign.

During a conference call in preparation for President Obama's trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said "the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to -- or before he's been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world -- you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father -- obviously Muslim Americans (are) a key part of Illinois and Chicago."

Given widespread unease and prejudice against Muslims among Americans, especially in the wake of 9/11, the Obama campaign was perhaps understandably very sensitive during the primaries and general election to downplay the candidate's Muslim roots.

The candidate was even offended when referred to by his initials "BHO," because he considered the use of his middle name, "Hussein," an attempt to frighten voters.

With insane rumors suggesting he was some sort of Muslim Manchurian candidate, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his campaign did everything they could to emphasize his Christianity and de-emphasize the fact that his father, Barack Obama Sr., was born Muslim.

The candidate's comment at a Boca Raton, Florida, town hall meeting on May 22, 2008, was typical: "My father was basically agnostic, as far as I can tell, and I didn't know him," he said.

In September 2008, candidate Obama told a Pennsylvania crowd, "I know that I'm not your typical presidential candidate and I just want to be honest with you. I know that the temptation is to say, 'You know what? The guy hasn't been there that long in Washington. You know, he's got a funny name. You know, we're not sure about him.' And that's what the Republicans when they say this isn't about issues, it's about personalities, what they're really saying is, 'We're going to try to scare people about Barack. So we're going to say that, you know, maybe he's got Muslim connections.'...Just making stuff up."

Back then, the campaign's "Fight the Smears" website addressed the candidate's faith without mentioning his father's religion:

"Barack Obama is a committed Christian. He was sworn into the Senate on his family Bible. He has regularly attended church with his wife and daughters for years. But shameful, shadowy attackers have been lying about Barackís religion, claiming he is a Muslim instead of a committed Christian. When people fabricate stories about someoneís faith to denigrate them politically, thatís an attack on people of all faiths. Make sure everyone you know is aware of this deception."

The website also provided quotes from the Boston Globe and Newsweek mentioning his father's roots.

Since the election, however, with the threat of the rumors at least somewhat abated, the White House has been increasingly forthcoming about the president's roots. Especially when reaching out to the
Muslim world.

In his April 6 address to the Turkish Parliament, President Obama referenced how many "Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim majority country. I know, because I am one of them."

- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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Barrack Hussein Obama= Muslim American

You mean to tell me that people are just now putting that together?

Wow, I'm really surprised at how dumb america has become.
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"But he's a great speaker" "We want change" So was Hitler and he hasn't been around in over 50 years so I guess change is here. Had a customer with a huge sign in his garage say's " I'll keep my guns and bible, you keep your damn change"

Some people just don't think anymore, just follow the herd. I'm surprized he has made it this long.
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I'm surprized he has made it this long.
To be honest, I am disappointed that he has made it this long.
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Maybe while he is playing with the Muslims in Saudi, a radical Christian will take him out.
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He is a muslim and a terrorist for what he is doing to this country.

LOCK HIS SORRY @SS IN GITMO!!!
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maybe he's trying to cleanse America so he can get his 72 virgins...is it 72?....
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Barrack Hussein Obama= Muslim American

You mean to tell me that people are just now putting that together?

Wow, I'm really surprised at how dumb america has become.
Yep, this is old news.
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maybe he's trying to cleanse America so he can get his 72 virgins...is it 72?....

No one said female virgins though.
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